October 26, 2005
Park Library Auditorium
7:30 to 9 p.m.

Discussion Topics

  • Economic competition with other states
  • Outsourcing
  • Globalization
  • Unemployment
  • Decline of the domestic automotive industry and other heavy manufacturing


  • Alan Gilmour, retired vice chairman of Ford Motor Co.
  • David Hollister, director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
  • Daniel Howes, business columnist and associate business editor for the Detroit News
  • Tom Walsh, chief business columnist for the Detroit Free Press
  • Sharon Miller, president of Immediate Temporary Help Inc. in Midland


Bill Ballenger, Griffin Endowed Chair, Central Michigan University; Editor, Inside Michigan Politics

Event Sponsors

The Griffin Policy Forums are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University.

About the Griffin Endowed Chair

The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from alumni, faculty and friends of the university. It provides continuing support to fund the salary and associated costs of a government and public policy expert to serve as a faculty member in the Political Science department and to host twice yearly forums addressing public policy issues.

The endowment is named to recognize the significant public service and contributions of distinguished CMU alumni Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin. Robert Griffin, '47, is a former U.S. Senator, and his wife, Marjorie, '44, is a former Clarke Historical Library board member.